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Musings about capacity building, program evaluation, and data visualization.

Shifting Data Visualization Feedback From Criticism to Curiosity

Shifting Data Visualization Feedback From Criticism to Curiosity

Years ago, when I first learned about data visualization, I went all in. I read books and blogs, listened to podcasts, attended workshops, and poured over the guiding principles. I thought that if I understood the rules, then I could get it “right.”

But focusing on getting things “right” presents challenges. It perpetuates dichotomous thinking and stifles creativity. It often prioritizes Western ways of thinking and leaves out community voice. It raises criticism rather than encouraging conversation.

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How To Design Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

How To Design Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

Too often we hide our findings in dense text-based reports. Our clients have to sift through pages upon pages of narrative to find the gems. This is all while they navigate competing demands for their attention and time. Odds are that your report becomes just another thing on their ever growing to-do list. There’s a better way!

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Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language: Part 3

Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language: Part 3

This is the third post in a series in which I share my experiences adopting more inclusive and non-violent language into my work. Part 1 discussed inclusive and strengths-based language, Part 2 discussed non-violent language, and Part 3 (this one) talks about language commonly used by organizations.

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Creating & Labeling Small Multiple Bar Charts in Excel

Creating & Labeling Small Multiple Bar Charts in Excel

One of the most popular Excel tricks in my data visualization workshops is creating small multiple bar charts. This post is a guide for how to create this type of chart. It also explains how to go beyond the Excel defaults to automatically add labels on the outside end of each bar.

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